February saw a massive number of legislative attacks on American emigrants and their children by ignorant or malign (un)Representatives which are only now coming to light as the Government Printing Office finishes typesetting and publishing the hundreds of pages of proposed laws. We’ve already discussed the various recent bipartisan attempts to repeal the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, but another frequent theme is increasing the tax and compliance burdens on so-called “Controlled Foreign Corporation owners” and “outsourcers”, including people who have lived outside the U.S. all their lives but got the inherited genetic disease of U.S. citizenship from their parents. So here’s an overview of the latest proposals to make your life more difficult, whether you’re an employee or a boss.
Senator Carl Levin, not yet ready to rest on his laurels with the damage he’s done to Americans abroad by sneaking FATCA into the HIRE Act at the last minute, has apparently decided it’s a good idea to decrease American economic activity by making it even harder for Americans abroad, especially expat entrepreneurs, to do business with domestic American suppliers of goods and services. The full text of his newly-proposed “CUT
Exports Loopholes Act” is not yet available publicly, but he’s already put out a press release about it. In his floor statement, he described it as a subset of what he attempted to get implemented in the “Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act” (S.1346). Continue reading